NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hurricane Ida is expected to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane as it moves closer to the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, where it will bring a life-threatening storm surge, dangerous flooding, potentially catastrophic winds and tornadoes.
The current track has Ida making landfall Sunday on the Louisiana Coast as a major Category 4 storm. Sunday is also the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s Louisiana landfall.
Hurricane and tropical storm watches are in effect and areas outside of the levee system are under mandatory evacuation orders.
After making landfall, Ida will track north and east, possibly moving through Middle Tennessee as a tropical depression. While the track can change, it looks likely that Middle Tennessee will experience heavy rain and possibly severe weather Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center says heavy rainfall from Louisiana to coastal Mississippi is in the forecast with flooding impacts possible across portions of the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys.
Isolated tornadoes and between 2 and 5+ inches of rain are possible as Ida moves through the Midstate. Both flash flooding and river flooding are a concern, especially in areas impacted by last week’s devastating floods.
A report from TEMA states that Hurricane Ida’s remnants may reach the west and middle portions of Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday, with heavy rain and flash flooding possible over the same areas as last weekend’s flood emergency.
Tennessee Task Force II left Nashville Sunday deploying to Louisiana to perform search and rescue
missions if needed after Hurricane Ida makes landfall.
The American Red Cross is getting a shelter ready in New Johnsonville as it plans for the incoming weather.
News 2 will continue to track Ida.